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Beneath (2013)


February 11, 2016 - 8:29pm | DMHead777
  Tags: Ben Ketai, Beneath, Brent Briscoe, Chris Valenziano, DMHead777, Eric Etebari, Jeff Fahey, Joey Kern, Kelly Noonan, Mark L Young, Netflix, Patrick J. Doody, Revolver Picture Company

Your rating: None Average: 4.5 (2 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
7
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Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Ben Ketai
Cast: 
Jeff Fahey, Kelly Noonan, Joey Kern, Brent Briscoe, Mark L Young, Eric Etebari


Plot: A crew of coal miners become trapped underground. A collapse occurs and with oxygen running out, the miners begin to turn on each other.

Beneath is a pretty rare film for me. A lot of the times I will search through Netflix to find something decent only to discover the film is way below par. Not too many horror films made in the last few years are worth watching in my opinion. However, every once in a while a gem is found giving hope to genre of horror. Sure, the movie is almost exactly like 2005's "The Descent", but is that a bad thing? Beneath has its own twists that make it a quite a unique film, especially for this decade. It has most characteristics of a quality horror film that include; practical effects, character development, decent acting and a sense of claustrophobia.

The practical effects are one of the first aspects I noticed. There are little snippets of CGI thrown around, but on screen for no longer than 1-2 seconds. For the longer scenes, involving some real cringe-worthiness, good old fashioned practical effects were used. I immediately knew I didn't have to be taken out of the film to comment in my head of how bad the CGI looks. When there is CGI, it's nothing too terrible that it completely distracts you.

Another thing I loved about Beneath is that you watched the characters grow. You get to see the awesome Jeff Fahey and Joey Kern evolve to their problems around them. Seeing how each miner deals with panic differently was a real treat. Only problem I had with any of these people was the character of Samantha, played by Kelly Noonan. Her idiotic decisions throughout the film doesn't offer any character development. She makes stupid decisions and then runs away. Samantha is a headache, but everyone else makes up for it.

I enjoyed the hell out of this film. It was a breath of fresh air (pun not intended) for a random watch on Netflix. It delivered exactly what it was supposed to. Beneath has a more positives than negatives and although it's almost exactly like "The Descent", it has its own personality. I could have done without the character Samantha and a little more explanation of what was going on, but I was really satisfied. It was quality and will probably end up purchasing it on Blu-Ray when I get the chance.

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